July 29, 2019 [Daily News] – The project to install a new oil pipeline connecting the Colombo Port to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation(CPC) Kolonnawa storage terminal has been successfully completed, the Managing Director of Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd. (CPSTL) M.R.M. Z. Abdeen said yesterday.
He pointed out that they took every measure to complete the project in a short time, considering its importance to prevent future fuel shortages.
Abdeen further said, “The installation of the new pipeline was completed last week. We were not able to transport fuel from the Colombo Port to Muthurajawela due to bad weather. However, we have successfully conducted a test run under the instructions of Minister Kabir Hashim. If this project was not duly completed, it could have caused a fuel shortage in the country. However, now that we have completed the project, we will not face such a shortage in the future.”
Abdeen also said that the ceremony to commence operations of the new pipeline will be held soon. He also expressed his gratitude to the subject Minister Kabhir Hashim and the CPC trade unions for their support in completing the project successfully.
Abdeen made these observations at a press brief held at the CPC premises in Kolonnawa yesterday.
CPSTK Deputy General Manager M.S.M. Niyas said, “The major difficulty we were facing is the installation of the pipeline which is 12 inches in diameter. We have now completed that task successfully. Last Saturday we tested the operational condition of the pipeline and transported an oil stock brought by a selected vessel. A vessel charges a penalty of Rs. 2,400 per one minute when a delay in oil transportation occurs. With this new pipeline, we will be able to save any such charges and carry out the oil transportation process efficiently.”
CPSTL’s Senior Executive Director Nimal Jayasundara, Acting General Manager G.M.A. Bandara and trade union representatives also spoke.